Students remember a ‘man of God’

Year 13 student Peni Talemaivavalagi (with the torch) during the John Wesley Day celebration in Suva yesterday. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

JOHN Wesley left a great legacy behind, he was a great man of God and was the founder of Methodism.

These were the sentiments of the Methodist Church leader for the Suva division, the Rev Solomoni Kuruveivale, during the John Wesley Day celebrations held at Raiwaqa in Suva yesterday.

He said John Wesley sought to challenge the religious assumptions of the day.

“John Wesley sought to reform the church of England from within, he felt that the church failed to call sinners to repentance,” he said.

“He also believed that he was commissioned by God to bring about revival in the church and no opposition, persecution or obstacle could prevail against the divine urgency and authority of this commission.”

He said John Wesley believed that the core of Christianity was revealed throughout the scriptures and the Bible was the sole foundational source of theological development.

“The centrality of scripture was so important for Wesley that he called himself ‘a man of one book’.”

John Wesley College principal Mereani Lutunaika said the students’ education had been strengthened through the word of the Lord.

“Our theme for this celebration is Empowerment of Education through the light of the Gospel,” she said.

“The students have been taught through this week about the legacy, teachings and the life of John Wesley.”

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